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gaderob18 04-04-2012 12:15 PM

cpap vs surgery
I have been using a cpap machine for 2 months now. It is one that has a warming area for the water so I can set it from 1-5. Anyway I wake up 3-5 times during the night because of very very dry mouth. The doc said it on 5 and it should helped, but I've tried 1-5 and it hasn't helped. I am sleeping better since the cpap machine, but I am still tired when waking up, so the doc wants to try a bipap machine. I am willing to try it, but they want to do another over night sleep study. I am not able to sleep at all with all the wires on. My question is has anyone tried the bipap machine and is so is it better then the cpap for severe dry mouth or is surgery a better option to open my airways and would surgery work? I stop breathing 36 times an hour I was told by the doc so I have severe sleep apnea. I am just trying to find my best options. My other worry is if I decide to stay with a cpap or a bipap I don't know if later down the road if I will have the money to replace one, so thats why I'm asking about if surgery may be better. I would love to hear your opinions. Any help I would appreciate.

kee4u 04-09-2012 09:45 PM

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Renegaderob18 12 years ago when I was 40 years old I found out I had sleep apnea I had a sleep study and it showed that I had 363 apnea. My ear,nose,throat doctor talked about surgery and a few weeks later I had the surgery. after a few weeks I had another sleep study and the outcome wasn't what I wanted. I had 330 apnea and to tell the truth I wouldn't tell anyone to have that surgery. It was painful and the recovery was long. I use a cpap for the past 12 years and about 6 months ago I got a cpap that has a heater with water. It does help. I can't live without it. Good luck....Ken

gaderob18 04-15-2012 06:34 PM

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I have the cpap with the heater as well but even on the highest setting i still have severe dry mouth, so after my last docs appt they are going to change me to a bipap machine. I am getting the bipap machine April 18th. I know the cpap has really halped so I'm intrigued to try the bipap machine.

claud883 04-28-2012 04:28 AM

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Among all the natural remedies to treat sleep apnea, lifestyle modifications is one of the most effective and important natural remedy. Doing lifestyle modifications to a current sedentary lifestyle can really be effective in relieving and controlling sleep apnea. These include:

Weight Loss if Overweight
Stop Smoking Cigarettes
Avoid Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
Avoid Eating at least 4 hours prior to bedtime
Follow a Regular Exercise Program

bobinminn 05-07-2012 09:44 PM

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Hey, Renegadrob18:
I'm no expert on cpap vs bipap vs surgery, so I can't help you there, but I thought I'd add this:
I went to my Urologist for my yearly check-up recently, and I could hardly recognise him. He'd lost about a Hundred pounds! We got to talking & he mentioned that he had been using a cpap machine for sleep apnea, but after losing the weight his sleep apnea was GONE!
It turns out after losing all that extra around his neck there was nothing left to stop his breathing.
Now, I don't know if that exactly applies to you, but I just thought I'd mention it in case it might apply.
Good Luck!

gaderob18 05-08-2012 11:42 AM

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Thanks for the reply. I am actually not over weight, so the doc is not worried about my weight. They are saying I actually may just have a smaller space in my throat then most people. Just the way I was born they said

danabarb 05-09-2012 10:16 PM

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I have been told that the surgery is not always successful and it is far from fun. I, myself, have sleep apnea, which I have had for years and never knew. Look up the Res Med machine; there is one that is expensive but GREAT. Once the setting is in, you have no worries. Just put the nasal pillow in your nose and, voila, you will be off to sleep. The temperature from the water is set automatically. I have had mine for some time and it works like a charm. Before this, I had others that were less expensive and more bothersome.

mariposa9 06-25-2012 05:47 PM

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I don't think a bipap will help you with dry mouth. A bipap is more like an upgrade from a cpap, but does nothing for dry mouth. I mean, both of them deliver dry air.... For you, maybe a different delivery device such as nasal pillows might work. Surgery might work as well, but I would try exercise, losing weight, etc before that.

gaderob18 06-25-2012 10:58 PM

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I am ideal weight for my age and they said surgery will do nothing. I have tried just a nasal mask, but had no luck with it. I am just gonna have to keep using the bipap machine. It has brought my stop breathing down from 36 times and hour to 10. They said 10 is still a little high and they are not sure why, because they've checked the machine, mask and everything is working fine. I am still feeling tired after 8-9 hours of sleep a day and want to take naps so I am not sure what is going on. I am hoping something else is not wrong.

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